Week in Review: Announcing POMEPS Studies 18


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POMEPS Studies 18: Reflections Five years After the Uprisings

The early months of 2016 mark five years since the eruption of the Arab uprising. The region’s wars, failed transitions, resurgent authoritarianism, and spiraling sectarianism and Islamist extremism make for a grim anniversary. To take stock of what went wrong and what might still go differently, POMEPS asked more than a dozen scholars to reflect on the experience of the last five years in a single country or a thematic issue. What has changed since the uprisings began half a decade ago? What has remained the same, or returned to pre-uprising forms? What do these developments mean for the political science of the Middle East?

All these questions, and more, are pondered in the essays published in POMEPS Studies 18, Reflections Five Years After the Uprisings. All were first published in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, and collected in an open access PDF here.

From our Podcast

This week in our POMEPS Conversations podcast 60, Marc Lynch sits down with Amaney Jamal. She speaks with Marc Lynch about the After the Uprisings conference co-hosted by Princeton University and POMEPS, and the future of political science in the Middle East. To listen to the other podcasts in the series subscribe via iTunes here or stream them on SoundCloud here.

In the Monkey Cage

Marc Lynch cautions that it is wrong to say the Arab uprisings failed.

Dorothy Ohl and Holger Albrecht look at why some (but not all) Middle East militaries stand by their leaders.

Devorah Manekin asks, “Why do some Israeli soldiers use unauthorized force?


The Project on Middle East Political Science is pleased to call for proposals for its fifth annual Junior Scholars Book Development Workshop to be held at Princeton University on November 10 — 11, 2016. For more information and application guidelines click here.

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